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Mayor Rob Ford says Liberals 'blindsided' him over funding for Toronto
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford is accusing Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government of "blindsiding" him on a change to funding arrangements for the city of Toronto. But Finance Minister Charles Sousa countered by suggesting the embattled mayor's aides aren't keeping him in the loop. A visibly upset Ford said his meeting with Sousa "was a complete waste of everyone's time."
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NHL says Markham got incorrect info and league hasn't endorsed arena promoter
Toronto Star
Markham council received inaccurate information in a secret meeting that bolstered the credibility of the controversial promoter of its $325 million proposed arena and chances of an NHL franchise, according to the league. Minutes of a private council meeting show councillors saw documents of a "confidential nature" and other reports, including one from Mayor Frank Scarpitti that upheld the business integrity of promoter Graeme Roustan.
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Toronto sounds alarm on $750 million public housing repair backlog
Toronto Star
Toronto's $751 million public housing repair bill, coupled with the pending loss of $161 million in annual social housing funding from Ottawa, is pushing the city to the brink, says the chair of the city's affordable housing committee. "We're at the cliff," said Councillor Ana Bailao. "We have a huge need to build more (affordable housing)," she said in an interview.
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Eastern Ontario communities struggle with police costs
CBC News
The rising cost of policing is hitting smaller eastern Ontario municipalities particularly hard, with mayors joining together to fight it. Hawkesbury's contract with the Ontario Provincial Police is expected to top $4 million this year, which would take up 43 per cent of its incoming property taxes. That's more than double what the town paid a decade ago.
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Fourth Ontario Liberal-held seat faces a byelection after Cabinet minister Laurel Broten quits politics
National Post
Former Ontario education minister Laurel Broten, who was at the centre of a bitter battle with the province's teachers over wage freeze legislation, announced her resignation from provincial politics recently, opening up a fourth Liberal-held seat in the legislature. Broten — a lawyer — said she had advised Premier Kathleen Wynne that she will step down as the member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore effective July 2.
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Civic politicians spooked by tough new Ontario water liability rules
Owen Sound Times
Five years in prison, $4 million in fines. That's the harsh new maximum penalty facing Ontario civic politicians for any water disasters on their watch. While many applaud tougher standards to prevent another Walkerton tragedy, others are scared they could be left on the hook if someone screws up. So skittish have some small-town politicians become, they're wondering if it's even worth the risk of sticking around.
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City urges stiffer regulations for tow truck industry
Ottawa Citizen
Several city councillors want increased oversight of the tow-truck industry to improve road safety and prevent operators from overcharging. Members of the protective services committee agreed to prod the Ontario government to fast-track its ongoing investigation of the industry and come up with province-wide regulations.
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Doug Ford: Mayor Rob Ford could get police protection
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford could get police protection at public events, his brother said. "The chief has said very clearly, from the day I got down here, that there's a whole department that takes care of dignitaries that come into our city, be it the premier, the prime minister or the mayor," Councillor Doug Ford told reporters. Rob Ford himself was noncommittal. Two days after he allegedly had a drink thrown at him and one day after he said "it's time" to accept security, he offered only a joke to a CBC reporter who asked him about his plans.

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Pedestrian-friendly core blueprint rolls out in London, ON
London Free Press
The future of downtown London is largely car-free. That's the essence of a proposed blueprint for the core's growth, the so-called downtown master plan, that will be debated this week by council's planning committee. Built around six key ideas designed to shape downtown for decades to come, the plan — three years in the making — is heavy on proposals that would ease the emphasis on vehicles and open up core streets to pedestrians.

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Local Government Week 2013
AMCTO
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has identified Oct. 20-26, 2013 as Local Government Week. Click on the link below to access fun and educational activities, resources and games to help schools and municipalities teach children and youth about the key role municipal governments play in their everyday lives.

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Ontario elementary teachers ratify deal that would give them a 2 per cent salary hike
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's public elementary teachers have ratified a deal that would give them a 2 per cent salary hike. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said that its 76,000 members voted 91 per cent in favour of the agreement with the province. The salary increase would take effect in September, 2014, after the current contract expires, and will eliminate a wage gap between public elementary teachers and their Catholic and French counterparts.
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Proposed towers fueling traffic fears
PostCity
An application to build two condo towers of 16 and 18 storeys near Yonge Street and 16th Avenue have some local residents concerned about the development's impact on the surrounding neighbourhood. The plan calls for 396 residential units and 482 parking spaces for the site of an existing car storage lot at 370 Maple Rd. and 153 16th Avenue. The total density exceeds the new Town of Richmond Hill Official Plan (2010), which redesignated the land to permit a maximum height of four storeys and a density of 20 units per acre.
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